Ashun Wu Secures Magical Kenya Open Title

The 35-year-old produced a short game masterclass over the final round to secure his fourth DP World Tour victory

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Beginning the final day, it seemed that the title was going to go the way of Ewen Ferguson, with the young Scot starting the final round a comfortable four shots ahead of Marcus Kinhult and Ashun Wu.

However, over the opening three holes, Ferguson saw his lead completely wiped out, with the 25-year-old unable to recover from a poor start as he stumbled to a five-over-par final round of 76.

Because of Ferguson's struggles, the door was left wide open for a player to go low and set a marker. That player would be China's Ashun Wu who, after a bogey at the second, never looked back at the Muthaiga Golf Club layout.

Despite a bogey at the par-3, the 35-year-old would go on to birdie the 4th before a trio of birdies at the 7th, 8th and 9th gave him a one-shot lead over Thriston Lawrence and Aaron Cockerill going into the back nine.

From there, Wu would showcase a short game masterclass over the final nine holes, with the 35-year-old producing a number of up-and-downs to keep his lead firmly intact with only a handful of holes remaining.

With two holes left to play, Wu would fire yet another laser-like wedge shot into the green at the 17th and, after rolling in his birdie putt to extend his lead to three, he could relax a bit easier, especially after putting his bunker shot at the last to just a few feet for birdie.

As he holed out, the Magical Kenya Open was his by four shots. The victory makes Wu the current oldest winner of the season, with the Chinese star the sixth different nationality to win on the DP World Tour in 2022.

Wu hits a pitch

With his win, Wu joins the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Ian Woosnam

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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